An NBA 2K22 developer has put out an update to those in the community hoping for a difficulty option to be added to the Play Now Online with friends mode on Next Gen.
A personal peeve that we discussed in our NBA 2K22 game review, the Play Now with friends modes — albeit improved upon a bit from last year — still leave a lot to be desired on both versions of the game due to the fact that they are missing core options that have long been staples in sports titles.
On NBA 2K22 Current Gen's Play with Friends Online mode, although you can choose your Game Style difficulty and Quarter Length, you can’t select your uniforms or simply press a button to get a randomized team.
On NBA 2K22 Next Gen's Quick Play with friends mode, although you can choose your uniforms, you can’t change the Game Style difficulty, Quarter Length or simply press a button to get a randomized team.
While this is something that could seemingly be fixed by the next patch or remain unaddressed the the entire year, as seen in NBA 2K21, it appears the dev team is aware of the issues according to NBA 2K Global Director Corey "CoreySA" Andress.
On a Reddit thread discussing NBA 2K22 Next Gen's Sept. 22 Update 1.5 patch, Andress replied to a concern about the inability to choose the difficulty when playing with friends in versus modes.
On another reply regarding Play Now with friends, Andress added, "We're aware of other feedback. It doesn't mean everything will make one patch, but we're watching and listening."
Needless to say, let's all hope 2K Support is able to add the options to the private match modes on both versions of NBA 2K22 as soon as possible.
Especially on Next Gen, while being able to drop 60+ points with Steph Curry without breaking a sweat is pretty entertaining, it simply is a necessity to be able to ramp up the difficulty.